The Canadian city of Surrey and private partner Orgaworld recently broke ground on a new biofuel processing facility. Once completed in early 2017, the facility will convert the city's kitchen and yard waste collected at curbside, along with commercial waste from across the region, into renewable natural gas.
The city says the natural gas will be used to fuel its natural gas waste collection trucks, natural gas service fleet and new district energy system. The facility will also produce a compost product that will be suitable for landscaping and agricultural applications.
“This project is a milestone for meeting the sustainability goals we have set for Surrey,” said Mayor Linda Hepner. “Not only will the facility be the first closed-loop, fully integrated, organics waste management system on the continent, but it will reduce CO2 emissions in Surrey by 40,000 tonnes a year – that's the equivalent of taking 8,500 cars off the road per year.”
‘We are delighted to be awarded the contract to build and operate the Surrey Biofuel Facility,” added Henk Kaskens, founder and managing director of Orgaworld. “Together with the city, we have designed an innovative solution that will prove to be world class.’